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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Three sisters, separated at birth and unaware of the others’ existence, are about to be reunited for the first time in 16 years. Gretchen has always known it is her destiny to hunt down the mythological monsters that come through the hellmouth in San Francisco. Under the tutelage of Ursula, Gretchen has become a fiercely independent young warrior. When fate throws Grace into her path, she is hesitant at first to share her legacy with someone else. Slowly, the idea grows on her that she has a sister–a twin.

Grace has always known she was adopted, and has often been curious about her birth parents. Finding Gretchen makes her feel like she really belongs, even though she has a terrific adoptive family. What neither Gretchen nor Grace expected was to find a third sister, Greer. Spoiled and one of the elite, Greer has always had a plan for her life–one that did not involve seeing and hunting monsters. Fighting monsters is the easy part; getting along with sisters that couldn’t be more different than her will be a struggle.

Sweet Venom is the first in a new series from Tera Lynn Childs. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have read by her so far, and had eagerly been anticipating Tera’s take on Greek mythology. Forget everything you think you know about Medusa, the snake-haired gorgon beheaded by Perseus–Tera takes a well-known Greek myth and puts a totally unique spin on it. I am so in love with her wildly imaginative retelling that I’m disappointed that it isn’t the reality.

Though Sweet Venom is most definitely YA, it will appeal to adult readers, too. I saw quite a few similarities to my beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show and Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Fans of one or both will welcome Sweet Venom and its planned sequels with open arms.

Though I have quite a few questions about where everything is going, I trust Tera’s writing and development and know that she will answer everything all in due time.

Rating: 4.5/5

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Katherine Tegan Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.